At the handover and settlement meeting, we give you the CSIRO Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance – A Homeowner’s Guide leaflet. Take time to read the information when received. In addition, we can offer the following advice:
Termite protection – If your home has termite protection, make sure you comply with the appropriate and mandatory warranty conditions relevant to the system provided (e.g. visual inspections). Ensure that all drainage is directed away from the home. If Protectant was used, there should also be a 75mm clearance above a path or garden bed.
Internal pipes – Always keep an eye on the PVC waste pipes in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom and ensuite. All new PVC pipes expand and contract for the first few weeks. So keep an eye out for any leaks. Simply tighten by hand if leaks occur.
Evaporative cooling – Where there are vents (registers) in a room, ensure you have all windows open 100mm to ensure your evaporative cooling can work at its best capacity.
Ducted heating – To get the best performance from your central heater, try to keep drapes closed. Also do not block the return air duct with any furniture or passage of air flow through the shutting of doors to rooms being heated.
Curtains and pelmets – Ensure brackets for curtains and pelmets are screwed to the timber frame – i.e. studs and trimmers – and not into the architraves.
Floor tiles – Make sure when purchasing your floor tiles (regional areas only) that you have a spare box of tiles remaining so that they can be easily replaced if damaged.
Roof tiles – You will be provided with at least 12 spare roof tiles at building handover. Ensure that you store your spare tiles, as they may not be available at a later date. Spare roof tiles are normally stored in the roof cavity space.